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YARN 8 Book-a-Zine: How to Make Felted Mitts

YARN 8 Book-a-Zine: How to Make Felted Mitts

Ever since discovering the magic of felting, I'm honestly gleeful when I get to create anything with the technique. Recently I was asked to design a pair of felted mitts for the newest issue of Scheepjes YARN Book-a-Zine Tea Room*. Off to the thrift store I scurried to find the perfect wool sweater/jumper that could be upcycled into some handwarmers. Needless to say, I hit the jack-pot with a beautiful blue and purple vintage fair-isle cardigan! But let me show you...
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How to make a dc turn using linked double crochet, tutorial for neater crochet edges  by Susan Carlson of Felted Button colorful crochet patterns

Another Way to Avoid the Turning Chain Hole

You may remember this post from a while ago. In it, I show 3 ways to work turns for a dc (US terms) when working in rows that helps reduce the gap rather than working a chain 3. The 3 ideas work for me--my favorite being the third--made by stacking two sc's on top of each other. Let me show you a 4th method...
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How to crochet a clean edge along a tough edge on crochet, crochet tip tutorial by Susan Carlson of Felted Button, colorful crochet patterns

How To Crochet a Clean Edge Along a Rough Edge

Maybe it's a blanket border. Maybe it's around a dishcloth or sweater. Or maybe along the edge of a scarf or cowl. But anytime you are instructed in a pattern to "work stitches evenly along edge" you are faced with a challenge. Where do you put your hook? How do you keep the stitches along the back from looking uneven and horrible? Particularly if it is in a contrasting color! Let me show you...
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Rainbow striped and colorful textured crochet blanket, Illuminations Blanket free crochet pattern by Susan Carlson | Felted Button | Colorful Crochet Patterns

Illuminations Blanket Free Crochet Pattern

I'm so excited to be sharing another free crochet blanket pattern with you! If you follow me around on Facebook or Instagram (@FeltedButton) you might have seen some peeks at it or the complete reveal last week here, but I'm happy to share the pattern with you today. Introducing...
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Catona Paper Chain free crochet pattern of rainbow paper chain with button closure, Susan Carlson of Felted Button | Colorful Crochet Patterns

Catona "Paper" Chain

While brainstorming ideas to motivate my kiddos to do their summer reading, I came up with a little crochet pattern to share with you. I wanted something visual and tangible that allows them to "count" books or minutes read--something that would show progress towards their goal. Thus, the idea of a paper chain--the kind I made in grade school as a child seemed just the ticket! But, rather than...
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Herringbone crochet stitch, pillow cover instruction included in Taking Shape Pillow crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button | Colorful Crochet Patterns, white pillow with blues and green stripes

Herringbone Crochet Pillow Stitch

Recently I shared pictures of a set of three graphic pillow covers that I designed. The set will be released as a single crochet pattern which includes all three pillows--and instructions to make a pillow back--made with the fabulous Scheepjes Softfun and Softfun Aquarel yarns. Have I ever told you how much I love Scheepjes yarn? Oh, yes, you can read more about that fact here. And rest assured...
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How to crochet an I-Cord or string for attaching eyeglasses, free crochet pattern by Susan Carlson of Felted Button | Colorful Crochet Patterns

How to Crochet an I-Cord

Maybe you have the same problem I do with eyeglasses? You take them off, set them down, and can't find them when you need them. I decided to solve this little dilemma by crocheting an I-cord Eyeglass Holder. And I'm thrilled to share a little tutorial with you in case you might want to make one, too. Wanna see? (Haha. Pun intended.)
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Crochet tip for holding the tail of yarn to the yarn ball with small clip, Susan Carlson of Felted Button | Colorful Crochet Patterns

Holding Your Tail

I did it! I recently decided that it was time to clear out and clean up my stash! (It was seriously getting out of hand.) And the clutter was driving me crazy. I think the chaos was actually getting in the way of my creativity--but that's for another post. 
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Red apple cozy for apple shaped soap dispenser with wooden button, crocheted by Susan Carlson of Felted Button | Colorful Crochet Patterns

Teacher Gift Idea--Hand Soap Apple Cozy

Let me show you what I whipped up this morning. A while back I picked up these apple-shaped hand soap dispensers at Joann. (I've since seen them at Wal Mart, too.)
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3 options for avoiding those pesky gaps on a dc turn, crochet tip or tutorial by Susan Carlson of Felted Button | Colorful Crochet Patterns

Mind the Gap: Avoiding the Turning Chain Hole

Do you dislike the pesky little gaps left by the ch 3 turn when working rows of double crochet? Part of the problem is that a ch 3 just does not have enough width and substance to look like its neighboring dc. Secondly, it is supposed to replace a dc, so you skip that stitch right after the ch 3 which only exacerbates the problem. Hence, ugly hole. An additional "bug" for me is...
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How to wet block your crochet so they look professional, blocking crochet motifs, Susan Carlson of Felted Button | Colorful Crochet Patterns

Blocking it Out

Today's topic: BLOCKING

I'm not talking about blocking those telemarketers repeat phone calls, or building wooden towers with your little ones. I'm talking about the kind done to make your crochet work look fabulous! I mean, seriously professional vs. lumpy and amateurish. Do you ever wonder why your finished piece doesn't look like the one in that picture on the front of the pattern? It might just...
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Join as you go on the go, pink crochet flower with tail wrapped around clothespin, crochet tip or tutorial by Susan Carlson of Felted Button | Colorful Crochet Patterns

Joining-As-You-Go on the Road

I've got an idea for simplifying your crochet life that I want to share.

Do you like projects that use join-as-you-go for putting motifs together? Many people do because there is nothing quite as overwhelming as having a huge pile of motifs that then need to be arranged and stitched together by hand. Don't get me wrong--sometimes it is a neat and tidy way to join things. Like with...
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